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Intellectual, accessible, and provocative literary conversations.

Antoine Wilson: “Mouth to Mouth”

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Canadian-American author Antoine Wilson discusses the work he put into writing entertaining pages for his new short book, “Mouth to Mouth” (Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster), and the propulsive story is not finished until the very last sentence. 

Jan 27 2022

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John Keene: “Punks: New & Selected Poems” (The Song Cave)

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Punks: New & Selected Poems” is expansive poetry from John Keene, one of our time’s most notable writers. Seven sections offer different perspectives on what poetry can be: queer and Black, and much more than that. He joins Bookworm to discuss the difference between his prose and poetry.

Jan 20 2022

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In Memory of Joan Didion: 'Blue Nights'

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After the deaths of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and her daughter, Quintana, Joan Didion wrote "Blue Nights," the most personal and poetic book of her career. From 2011, she talks about aging, death, and the act of complete surrender that this devastating book required.

Jan 13 2022

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Honoree Fanonne Jeffers: “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois” (Part 2)

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Honoree Fanonne Jeffers discusses writing about the full range of a community, its sexuality and gender, in her first fiction novel, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.”

Jan 06 2022

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Honoree Fanonne Jeffers: “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois” (Part 1)

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Master poet Honoree Fanonne Jeffers discusses her fiction debut, “The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.”

Dec 30 2021

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Stephen Sondheim: Finishing the Hat

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Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981) with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes (Knopf)

A collection of lyrics from the first half of Stephen Sondheim's career, along with insights into the art of songwriting for the theater. In this 2010 conversation, he explains why a song that may be "perfect" can be wrong for its dramatic moment in a show. This famous perfectionist reveals how much can go wrong.

Dec 23 2021

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Dave Eggers: “The Every” (Part 2)

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Dave Eggers further discusses his new book, “The Every.”

Dec 16 2021

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Dave Eggers: “The Every” (Part 1)

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“The Every” is the new book by Dave Eggers, a follow-up to his book “The Circle.”

Dec 09 2021

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Louise Erdrich: “The Sentence”

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Every bookstore is haunted, and Louise Erdrich’s new book, “The Sentence,” is about one.

Dec 02 2021

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Diane Williams: “How High? – That High”

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Idiosyncratic short story writer Diane Williams discusses her new book, “How High? – That High.”

Nov 18 2021

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Mary Gaitskill: “The Devil's Treasure”

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Mary Gaitskill’s "The Devil’s Treasure” features sections from her previous novels and an unfinished novel, commentary, illustrations, and a story inspired by a dream her younger self had.

Nov 11 2021

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Teresa K. Miller with Carol Muske-Dukes “Borderline Fortune”

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Teresa K. Miller discusses “Borderline Fortune,” which won her the National Poetry Series, when she was about ready to give up on herself.

Nov 04 2021

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Atsuro Riley: “Heard-Hoard”

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Atsuro Riley says he wrote “Heard-Hoard” with a kind of pacing he could feel in his body.

Oct 28 2021

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Jackie Kay: “Bessie Smith: A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend”

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Jackie Kay’s “Bessie Smith: A Poet's Biography of a Blues Legend” is a terrific mixture of memoir and biography.

Oct 21 2021

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Rita Dove: “Playlist for the Apocalypse”

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Rita Dove’s new book of poetry, “Playlist for the Apocalypse,” goes in many different historical and personal directions.

Oct 14 2021

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Rabih Alameddine: “The Wrong End of the Telescope”

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Rabih Alameddine speaks about being in love with the characters in his new novel, “The Wrong End of the Telescope."

Oct 07 2021

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Sandra Cisneros: “Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo”

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“Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo” is a bilingual new book by Sandra Cisneros.

Sep 30 2021

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Richard Powers: “Bewilderment”

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Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning Richard Powers discusses his new novel, “Bewilderment,” which has been longlisted for the Booker Prize and National Book Award.

Sep 23 2021

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Dennis Cooper: “I Wished”

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Santa Claus, James Turrell, “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” John Wayne Gacy, and, most of all, George Miles: these are parts of Dennis Cooper‘s discussion of his new book, “I Wished.”

Sep 16 2021

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Alice McDermott: “What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction”

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Alice McDermott discusses the madness in fiction and her new book, “What About the Baby?: Some Thoughts on the Art of Fiction.”

Aug 26 2021

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The incomparable Silverblatt

By cookie11ru - Nov 01 2019
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I wonder if he had that voice as a child?

The Best

By FloydLQ - Sep 28 2018
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The greatest Silverblatt is the most insightful reader alive